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Labor Productivity and Vocational Training: Evidence from Europe

22 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2011  

Hector Sala

Autonomous University of Barcelona - Department of Applied Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

José I. Silva

University of Girona

Abstract

In this paper we show that vocational training is an important determinant of productivity growth. We construct a multi-country, multi-sectoral dataset, and quantify empirically to what extent vocational training has contributed to increase the growth rate of labor productivity in Europe between 1999 and 2005. We find that one extra hour of training per employee accelerates the rate of productivity growth by around 0.55 percentage points.

Keywords: continuous vocational training, labor productivity growth

JEL Classification: E22, J24, O41

Suggested Citation

Sala, Hector and Silva, José I., Labor Productivity and Vocational Training: Evidence from Europe. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6171. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1970766

Hector Sala Lorda (Contact Author)

Autonomous University of Barcelona - Department of Applied Economics ( email )

Departament d'Economia Aplicada
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Spain
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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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José I. Silva

University of Girona ( email )

Girona
Spain

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